The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has signed a cooperative agreement with the American Angus Association. A ceremonial signing was held today to recognize the cooperative efforts of both groups in the education of the premise registration process and enrollments.
In recent years, biosecurity issues around the world have prompted action in the
Under the agreement, educational efforts will include on-site educational discussions through the Association’s Outreach Seminars and other educational programs, print advertising, direct mail as well as e-mail communications. In addition, with the assistance of ABG, Inc., online training programs will be available to cattle producers across the nation. The online program will describe the value and benefits of registering premises and the steps necessary to complete an enrollment.
Food and agriculture biosecurity are an important component of USDA’s mission. Improving awareness through enhanced outreach and communications is a key element of homeland security efforts.
Founded in 1883, the Association has made a significant impact on the cattle industry having registered more than 15 million Angus cattle, with 347,572 head of cattle registered in 2006. In recent years, the organization has implemented programs such as AngusSource, a genetic, age and source-verification program that assists producers in the documentation and authenticity of Angus genetics which ultimately enter the food chain. AngusSource also joined forces with Pfizer Animal Health to promote the importance of good herd health. In January, the Association released the results of Priorities First, the first comprehensive attempt to prioritize management and economic issues for cow-calf producers.
“This collective effort of livestock organizations and state and federal authorities is the first step in protecting the health of
Source: American Angus Association